engagement photos

Candid Beautifully Workshop/MarryMeCottage/St. Charles Wedding Photography

One of the hardest things I have had to develop in my business is connecting with my clients on more than just a professional level. I want them to receive their galleries knowing I made their session personal to them. Being able to get to know them and capture them candidly has grown & changed my business immensely. Looking back on last year and seeing how much it has positively impacted my business, I decided I wanted to share the knowledge and ideas with other photographers. A photographer that is able to provide a diverse image gallery in a short amount of time is not an easy task!

This is where The Candid Beautifully Workshop came into play…..

”If indeed you must be candid, be Candid Beautifully”

Think about that for a second. There are many ways to catch a candid photograph, but to execute the candid image in a beautiful way is difficult when you’re working in the moment. So what if as photographers, we focused more on the client connection and basic movements to really capture a candid moment? You end up with beautiful things.

10 amazing boss babes gathered at The Marry Me Cottage in O’Fallon, MO to learn, grow, and get dinner. You all know I won’t skip a chance to have a good meal. We talked about posing tips, easy actions to tell clients to maximize the shots rendered, how to flow from one pose to the next, and even some business tips. We were able to work with some outstanding wedding vendors in our area and their work was gorgeously showcased.

Each girl has a different business, different goals, and a different creative eye, yet we were able to come together and have fun, share ideas, just for the love of the industry! I am so blessed I was able to share parts of my journey with others in hopes to help them grow their business.

*Candid Beautifully Workshop is hosted by Jheart Photography & Elegant Illusions Photography.

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Macy & Bobbie Engaged/Belleville Illinois/Jheart Photography

When Macy & Bobbie called me and told me about their plans for an intimate backyard farm wedding, I melted. I am a huge sucker for the small romantic weddings, especially if it’s on gorgeous family farm property where you know it’s safe to have a big party!

These two beauties met while working together, which now days seem extraordinary because seems like everyone is meeting online. The Saturday we worked together was that crazy, 60 degree weekend here in the midwest, confirming how bi-polar midwest weather is! Since it was SO beautiful, we took it to the streets and started off in their town of Belleville. Macy & Bobbie wanted to shoot downtown in the heart of the city for some beautiful urban looks. Downtown Belleville reminded me so much of Historic St. Charles with cobblestone streets, old adorable houses that look so cozy, and a really cute businesses along the main strip. Bar Seven is where we ended, was such a fun dive bar with a super cute alley way, that we obviously took advantage of.

Macy & Bobbie were such a joy to work with and to get to capture their love in my lens. I am stoked to be at their wedding in September. I already feel like one of the family and it makes me even more excited to meet the whole family!

Amanda & Christina Engaged ~ Blanchette Park/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

Going into an engagement session where I haven't met the couple yet, makes me probably about as nervous as getting in front of the camera. Amanda & Christina however, were perfection. Watching them interact & constantly make each smile made my heart so happy. Blanchette Park in St. Charles did it again by providing an outstanding back drop for this session. 

I am so excited these ladies are in the 2019 JHP wedding line up. I know their day is going to be one to remember and a whole lot of fun!

Annie & Austin Engagement/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Blanchette Park Pictures

WOW! I have not shot at Blanchette Park in awhile and let me say they have done some GORGEOUS things to this Memorial Garden area. Not only can you rent it to get married, I got to shoot Annie & Austin's engagement session here and it was PERFECTION! It looks like a Secret Garden when you put too very love people in the middle of it and starting snapping pictures. I am over the moon excited to be at there wedding in September. 

 

St. Charles Wedding photographer/St. Louis wedding Photographer/Dee & Carl Engagement Main Street St. Charles

Historic Main Street in St. Charles Missouri is always a beautiful stage for pictures. Dee & Carl illuminated it even more during their session. They way they make each other laugh and care for their sweet Pup made this session one to remember. 

I am really excited to hear the details of their big day, but in the mean time they are really enjoying traveling and just being engaged. Makes my heart melt! I hope you love this session as much as I did! Especially the delicious sweet treat at the end! Riverside Sweets on Main Street is a must stop if you are ever in the area.

 

St. Charles Photographer/St. Charles Family Photographer/Cherish & Steve 1 year

Cherish is my "best good friend"...said in my best Forest Gump voice. She is the kindest most genuine person I know. I don't think words can express how beautiful it is to see her happy in love. Bonus points because Steve is so good to her and an amazing man. I was beyond excited to shoot these. We even had an adorable doggie crash the party! 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Hailey & Joe Engaged

I had such a good time with these two. Hailey and Joe have been together for 4 years and are getting ready to experience what the Navy military life has in store. Hopefully he will be done with basic in time for the April wedding! Joe is a more quiet person so I was nervous at first, but then as soon as he started to interact with Hailey, he loosened up and they connect so good. I do believe that Joe's quiet jokes is what keeps Hailey around. Joe is a volunteer firefighter for Dupo IL and when Hailey said she wanted some pictures with the fire trucks I was ready! I love that they added a special touch to their session.

Hailey & Joe's April Wedding is going to be an awesome start to the Jheart 2018 wedding season. Both of them are so sweet that it does not surprise me that they found each other and fell in love. 

St. Charles Engagement Photographer/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Maggie & Catie Engaged

Maggie & Catie are in the 2018 Jheart Wedding Line up. Upon speaking with Maggie I immediately knew this was going to be a great relationship. As soon as I saw them interact with each other I had no doubt this session was going to rock. I asked Maggie a few questions prior to the shoot and one was asking to tell me the story of your proposal and let me tell ya...Maggie did not miss a beat when planning this....

Maggie sent Catie on a scavenger hunt through family and friends. She had cards and flowers delivered to Catie by amazing friends and loved family. She chose all the most important people in Catie's life to present this next life step in all the important places of their relationship. Like the spot where they first met and that is just so beautiful. It really shows why when asked what Catie's favorite thing about Maggie is her big heart. 

Then, after 2 clues, and a lunch with her family here is what the third clue read:

"#3 - You've gone from 1st, to 2nd and now 3rd.  Where do you go from here? Run home! Meet me downtown at our favorite venue.  The home plate from Busch Stadium 2, is where I'll be waiting for you"

Catie then was proposed to with Maggie down on one knee and of course she said yes! 

These two really have an amazing love and being in front of the camera didn't phase it one bit. They really made my heart full after shooting them and I think it really shows in these pictures. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Stacy & Brandon Engaged - Busch Wildlife

I had the pleasure of doing Stacy's senior pictures a few years back and last night I had the joy of doing her engagement pictures to her high school sweetheart Brandon. They were so sweet and so much fun to work with especially since they needed no prompting when it came to the snuggling, kisses, and even giggles! Their June wedding is going to be absolutely gorgeous.

Congratulations Stacy & Brandon!

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Engagment Photographer/Amanda & Jake Engaged

I felt the need to add Amanda & Jake to the blog because they are apart of the Jheart 2018 weddings! I started blogging after their session, so it didn't go up immediately after the session.

I loved sitting down with Amanda to take about the wedding and the engagement shoot because her bubbly personality just boiled over. It's practically impossible not to smile with you chat with her. Amanda & Jake have been around St. Charles for quite some time and they plan to start their lives together their as well. We did the engagement shoot in a tiny town inside of St. Charles called New Town which seemed incredibly fitting. There are so many fun and unique spots to snap great pictures. I had a blast with these two, they connect so well with each other it made my job so much more fun. You can tell they have been together for awhile and really love and adore each other. The jokes and laughter were a fabulous added bonus!

I knew Amanda was going to be an amazing bride when the first thing she asked me was if I was bossy, because she knows she is going to need someone bossy! Sounds like I may have my work cut out for me but I am always up for a challenge. I am delighted to be able to capture their beautiful day.